Alex Ovechkin - Sidney Crosby - Marian Hossa
Ilya Kovalchuk - Mats Sundin - Pavol Demitra
Daniel Sedin - Marc Savard - Miroslav Satan
Rick Nash - Olli Jokinen - Marian Gaborik [spares]
Markus Naslund - Darcy Tucker - Anson Carter
David Vyborny - Patrice Bergeron - Brian Rolston
Lubomir Visnovsky - Sami Salo
Brent Seabrook - Niclas Havelid
Jay Bouwmeester - Brian McCabe
Sergei Gonchar [spares]
Alexei Zhitnik - Mike Van Ryn
Roberto Luongo [spare]
Last edited by BubbaBoot: 11-13-2012 at 09:31 PM.
Reason: Wrong season....
Look at the teams that didn't make it to the playoffs.
Look at the players and their achievements for the year.
Create an all-star team.
I'm restless with no 2012-13 season going on and to fill time I was just curious about some of the players that had excellent seasons during any particular year but still couldn't get into the playoffs despite that....then make a team of them and just for the sake of argument, muse as to how effective they may have been.
Well your 1995 then listing current players has me baffled...but I'll give it a go.
2002 - 2003 non-playoff teams:
New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
Columbus Blue Jackets
Dany Heatley - Mario Lemieux - Teemu Selanne
Ilya Kovalchuk - Olli Jokinen - Alex Kovalev
Ray Whitney - Patrick Marleau - Ziggy Palffy
Miroslav Satan - Daniel Briere - Shane Doan
Kimmo Timonen - Brian Leetch
Jay Bouwmeester - Teppo Numminen
Lubomir Visnovsky - Alexei Zhitnik
coach: Bob Hartley
well...it's an all-star team, so no doubt this would have been the team to beat that year.
Lets see if I can get the actual season right this time
Steve Vickers - Phil Esposito - Rod Gilbert
Gary Croteau - Don Lever - Wilf Paiement
Pat Hickey - Dennis Maruk - Don Murdoch
Gerry Monahan - Walt Tkaczuk - Al MacAdam
[spares] Rod Sedlbauer - Guy Charron - Rick Blight
Garnet Bailey - Gerry Meehan / Paul Gardner - Bob Murdoch
Ron Greschner - Tom Edur
Carol Vadnais - Mike Christie
Harold Snepsts - Dennis Kearns
Mike Kitchen [spares]
Mike McEwen - Yvon Labre
John Dasvidson [spare]
Minn North Stars
Michel Goulet - Mario Lemieux - Dino Ciccarelli
Brian Bellows - Peter Stastny - Tony Tanti
Randy Cunneyworth - Dan Quinn - Anton Stastny
Petri Skriko - Walt Podubny - Tomas Sandstrom [spares]
Brian Mullen - Kelly Kisio - Ulf Dahlen
John Ogrodnick - Marcel Dionne - Rob Brown / Ed Olcyk
Borje Salming - Paul Coffey
James Patrick - Frantisek Musil
Jim Benning - Ulf Samuelsson
Michel Petit [spares]
Al Iafrate - Dave Babych
Steve Finn - Jeff Brown
Mike Liut [spare]
1966-67....the last season of the original 6.
Dean Prentice - Norm Ullman - Gordie Howe
Johnny Bucyk - Alex Delvecchio - Johnny McKenzie
Ted Hampson (off-wing) - Pit Martin - Ed Westfall
Paul Henderson - Ron Stewart - Bruce MacGregor
Bobby Orr - Gary Bergman
Leo Boivin - Ted Green
Gilles Marotte - Joe Watson
1967-68....first season of expansion
Bob Pulford - Dave Keon - Gordie Howe
Frank Mahovlich - Norm Ullman - Ron Ellis
Ab McDonald - Mike Walton - Floyd Smith
Dean Prentice - Alex Delvecchio - Andy Bathgate [spares]
Gary Jarrett - Murray Oliver - Bill Hicke
Marcel Pronovost - Tim Horton
Howie Young - Larry Hillamn
Kent Douglas - Leo Boivin
Allan Stanley [spares]
Duane Rupp - Larry Cahan / Bob Baun
Johnny Bower [spares]
new york rangers
other than the patrick division, those are some awful teams at the bottom of the league-- which helps to explain why so many first line players had career offensive field days that year.
counting guys from that year (not young guys who would get better, or old guys who were a shadow of what they had been, and factoring in injuries-- i.e., no leetch)--
graves lindros recchi
corson messier modano (was playing RW that year, or had he switched to center by then?)
tikkanen brind'amour r. courtnall
verbeek kisio dahlen
reserve line of unspectacular guys on careers years: cassels bradley sanderson (really should have gone with guys like gartner, dineen, maybe even scott mellanby who was having a bad season, but look what those three guys did as the go-to scorers on bad teams in a wide-open year...)
really hard to put together six good d-men who weren't one-way liabilities (zalapski, galley, maciver). james patrick himself is not ideal. hell, dave manson too though at least he was a tough customer. really goes to show just how bad the non-playoff teams were that year.
but i tried to put this lineup together like an actual expansion team. best possible players on the top two lines (and those are some really great players obviously), best possible checkers to form a shutdown line, and gritty energy guys at the bottom of the lineup. team defense and toughness trumps weak scorers who will lose a lot of 7-3 games. tough to play against-- maybe like a super-charged version of the post-expansion panthers a few years later.